Junkyard Heart

Garrett Leigh
Junkyard Heart
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
December 2017
Book 7 of Porthkennack
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Tired of the London rat race and the heartbreak that comes with it, photographer Jas Manning returns to Porthkennack, the Cornish seaside town where he spent every childhood summer on his father's farm. Resigned to year-round rain, wind, and homemade jam, he's sorely unprepared for the impact that artsy carpenter Kim Penrose has on his heart.

Kim's free-loving reputation precedes him, and he's as generous with his inked-up body as he is with his time. The sex is hot, the easy friendship even better, and Jas's time with him building his family's new farmhouse canteen is everything Jas was missing in his empty city life.

But Kim's carefree existence isn't as simple as it appears. He's worked hard to vanquish his demons and build his dreams, but the devil on his shoulder is ruthless, and when it comes to call, their happy bubble bursts like it was never there at all. The canteen opening looms, but Kim is gone in more ways than one, and it's down to Jas to shore up Kim's soul and convince him that he deserves his place in Jas's heart.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Dec 04, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
61 people found the following review helpful
I loved the beautifully flawed characters created by the author in this magnificent book. The internal struggles were extraordinary. And the way love made its entry into these broken souls was something to be remember.

Out of London with a broken heart, Jas goes to Porthkennack for a new start. He wasn't prepared for the force of nature by the name Kim. When the two men meet, the attraction is clear and the feelings begin to grow. But Kim's fight with his own demons and the reputation that precedes him endangers the new relationship and they have to decide if their love is strong enough to conquer all the battles they have to fight.

It had a little slow pace but I think it was appropriate to the kind of story this was. I don't think it made me enjoy it any bit less. The story is told from Jas's point of view. I would expect that it would make the readers relate more to him because we could understand how he felt, and it wasn't that I didn't liked him, I did, he was a great. But maybe it was how Kim was being seen though Jas's eyes that made Kim a more attractive character. He remains as a mystery which was a fantastic because it kept me guessing his reactions and what his feelings were which enhanced him as a character; I was so intrigued by him.

Although the story had some nice secondary characters, Lena was the more remarkable. She was really supportive. She was nice, but an issue I had with her was that I couldn't get to know her better. I know she wasn't a main character and I get that it wouldn't be okay to spend too much time on her since we had Kim and Jas to get our attention, but it felt like she would be a great main character. There was a moment when her presence disturbed me a little, but that's on me, she was great and as mysterious as Kim, which was wonderful.

The importance given to one of Kim's biggest problems was something I appreciate very much. Kim's state of mind and how it relates to his self-esteem and interaction with others was magnificent. On this matter, I think that not knowing what he was feeling or thinking gave the reader a better understanding of how it is for the others, how frustrating such problems can be, and yet the others' support was something so nice. I loved the fact that love didn't change who he was and didn't make his problems go away, but it gave him more reasons to fight.

Overall a beautifully written book, recommend for those who like M/M pairing.
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